John David Whittington, 84 of Springfield, passed away December 29, 2022, with his family at his side.

In 1959, John married his childhood sweetheart, Novella Mae Pryer, and they enjoyed over 63 years of love together. John had a most interesting and rewarding business career. Early on in his career he was employed by the Frisco Railway Company and Dayco Corporation.  He was Silver Dollar City’s first Personnel Director in 1970 and later was employed by Busch Entertainment Corporation in St. Louis. During the latter part of his career, John was successful in obtaining major investment funding for numerous projects.

 In 1990, he received the “Outstanding Alumni” award from MSU. John served over 35 years as a Trustee on the MSU Foundation Board and as its President in 1988. He also has served on the Advisory Committee for the College of Business Administration and as President of the MSU Athletic Advisory Board. He received his MBA Degree from Drury University in 1966.

John was a long-time member of King’s Way United Methodist Church, serving on several committees including Chairman of both the Finance and Staff Parish Relations Committees.  His military obligation included being a proud member of the 35th Infantry Division Band.

    John is survived by his son Mark Whittington, St. Petersburg, FL. As well as a sister-in-law, Gerry Pryer, Nixa, MO., and several special nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great, great-nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, other relatives and many great friends.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., January 7, 2023, at King’s Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, MO. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., January 6, 2023.

Burial will be in the Richwood Cemetery off Fremont Road between Ozark and Nixa, Missouri.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the John and Novella Whittington Endowment Fund, Missouri State University Foundation, 300 South Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806.